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Bismarck du Plessis banned for a month for kicking Michael Leitch in the face

It does look like he gives him a little left jab/open palm at the next ruck (to which Bismarck doesn't react because he knows it will result in the slo-mo of his kick to the head up on the big screens), but nothing more! Agree that his reaction, or lack of it, was commendable.

2 Months, 1 Day ago

Ireland thump Scotland to set up second Championship title in succession

What's your point Dave? By most boring, do you mean least exhilerating? If so, I'd agree with you, but I think this game was far from boring.

As for biggest waste of time, that suggests you think the other two games were also a waste of time. In which case you should probably choose something more interesting to do than watching rugby!

2 Months, 3 Days ago

England and France's Twickenham thriller not enough in dramatic title chase

Not sure England counts as a "dark horse"? Unless by that term you mean anyone in the competition other than NZ.

England are second favourites to win, somewhere between 3/1 and 4/1 at most bookies, with the All Blacks obviously favourites at somewhere around 5/4.

2 Months, 4 Days ago

Highlights video of U15 flyer Tyrese Johnson-Fisher hits 1 Million viral views

In what sense is he clearly a product of gridiron?

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Highlights video of U15 flyer Tyrese Johnson-Fisher hits 1 Million viral views

That is truly phenomenal.

On that first try, between the 10m line and the 22, he just steps on the gas and makes his own winger look like a prop!

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Jonathan Davies sends Johnny Sexton to the turf with a powerful hand-off

The crowd was unbelievably loud the whole game. Every time Wales got close to Ireland's line, stole an Irish lineout, tackled an Irish player and marched him backwards etc., it was greeted with an incredible roar. And all this I could hear on the TV. Imagine what it was like in the stadium! Amazing fans.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Paul O'Connell stars in All it Takes short film ahead of his 100th Test

It has been said already, but I think Ireland will miss O'Connell more than they have missed O'Driscoll. Based on the things written and said about O'Connell, he has a rare ability to inspire and motivate the entire team. Interesting that Sexton, who is by all accounts one of the most demanding players, speaks of the effect O'Connell has on the team.

2 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Six of the Best Hits and Tackles from Round 3 of the Six Nations

Damn it. I didn't read the intro so didn't have it on mute. "Horrific" is being kind. I am not even sure in what type of scenario that music would ever be appropriate. Maybe a really bad opening ceremony?

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Six Nations 2015: The Journalists' Midterm Report

I don't think you were ever ahead in this thread! Just put it down to a mind blank.

2 Months, 4 Weeks ago

The Wraparound from Rugby HQ - Week 1

Sean Maloney seems subdued in this format. There's something about his commentary during the Top Fives that makes them gold. Bring them back - I don't care if there's no more decent material!

3 Months, 5 Days ago